Oberon Council undecided about off-leash dog area

POSSIBILITY: An area near the Oberon Visitor Information Centre is one of the options.

POSSIBILITY: An area near the Oberon Visitor Information Centre is one of the options.

OBERON Council is being dogged by problems as it tries to find the right site for an off-leash area.

One of its nominated sites has provoked an unhappy petition, while the other isn't supported by the deputy mayor.

But not having an off-leash dog site in the local government area isn't an option as it is a requirement under the Companion Animals Act.

Oberon Council has had two proposed locations on public exhibition - Bligh Street, north of Oberon Golf Course, and Ross Street, south of the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) - and they have received four submissions, including a 15-signature petition.

The petition strongly objected to the location in Bligh Street because of the effect on neighbours, possible dangers to wildlife and car parking requirements.

Another objection submission cited waste and odour concerns because the site was too close to homes.

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A recommendation to locate the off-leash dog area in Ross Street was deferred, at council's most recent meeting, until further investigation.

Cr Don Capel said he thought the location next to the VIC was ideal and accessible for visitors.

Deputy mayor Cr Kerry Gibbons, however, spoke against the location in Ross Street, saying the location is in a drainage line and any fencing could be washed out in a storm.

Another location suggested was the amphitheatre at the southern end of Jenolan Street.

Planning and development director Shane Wilson's report said the cost to locate the area at the amphitheatre would be $32,000, but the cost to locate it next to the VIC would be $11,700.

The off-leash area will include fencing, gates, bins and bag dispensers and seating. Mr Wilson's report said off-street parking should be considered because visitors are likely to use it.

A report, which will consider alternative locations, will come back to council.

The off-leash area would be funded from Oberon Town Improvements fund.